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Intro: "Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested as they blockaded tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their territory on Monday."

A 92-year-old Lakota grandmother stands in the way of trucks carrying segments of the Keystone XL Pipeline. (photo: Andrew Iron Shell/Censored News)
A 92-year-old Lakota grandmother stands in the way of trucks carrying segments of the Keystone XL Pipeline. (photo: Andrew Iron Shell/Censored News)

Lakotas Arrested Halting Keystone XL Pipeline Trucks

By Brenda Norrell, The Narcosphere

07 March 12


akotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested as they blockaded tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their territory on Monday, March 5.

Lakota human rights activists Alex White Plume, Debra White Plume, Sam Long Black Cat, Andrew Iron Shell and Terrell Eugene Iron Shell were arrested late Monday. They were charged with disorderly conduct and taken to the jail in Kyle, S.D.

See Lakota grandmother Debra White Plume's comment and Andrew Iron Shell's photos, after their release from jail tonight:

The Totran trucks transporting the megaloads have a contract with the Alberta Tarsands, a massive environmental disaster in Alberta, Canada, in Cree territory. The trucking company is based in Calgary.

An action alert was sent out shortly before the arrests: "Calling all Lakota men on the Pine Ridge Reservation to come to Wanblee, South Dakota."

The alert said "Pipeline trucks are being held there at the border by our Lakota Oyate, Oglala Sioux Tribal Police and State Troopers in an effort to keep them from entering our territory. Even the state troopers told the trucks they have to turn around and cannot bring their pipeline or other materials on to our reservation."

"Pipeline trucks are refusing to turn around claiming they have corporate rights that supersede any other law."

Reports from the scene say that the trucks are being allowed to pass, as Lakotas are being arrested attempting to halt the trucks from entering their sovereign territory."

Lakotas joined Native Americans and First Nations to protest the Keystone XL pipeline at the White House in September. Debra White Plume was among those arrested. Lakotas urged the US to halt the plan for the pipeline, which would cut through Ogallala Aquifer, and endanger land, water and people from Alberta, Canada to Texas. First Nations in Canada are also protesting the pipeline and the ongoing devastation from the Alberta tarsands in Cree territory. your social media marketing partner


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+58 # kelvynjkr 2012-03-07 09:56
At first, the trucks were turned back and refused entry.
Later the trucks were allowed in.
A clear case of corporate and State trooper corruption.
The corporation as 'person' having a friendly chat with the authorities.
The trucks are trespassing and should be impounded.
It seems that the Native Americans and First Nations will have to protest in court as well as on the road.
Good Luck, from Greece
+12 # John Locke 2012-03-08 08:37
There is a problem here, The tribal police control the reservations, It would seem to me that these arrests were illegal...Triba l land is like a foreign nation, they are soverign...

But a more compelling question is how are they moving ahead with the tar sands and the pipeline, unless Obama made a back room deal which has not been made public!
+66 # tedrey 2012-03-07 10:44
"Pipeline trucks are refusing to turn around claiming they have corporate rights that supersede any other law."
We knew they acted that way; now they're actually saying it. This must be smacked down immediately, and not allowed to become another precedent. Corporations do not have "rights," they have contracts, which are subject to state and federal laws. This looks like trespass to me.
+17 # propsguy 2012-03-07 21:35
gotta love this. there is no more national law, federal law, state law, god's law, moral law or parental law. the corporation trumps all
+72 # cokacoa2 2012-03-07 10:57
This is such crap. Their reservations are their national territory and as such should have the right to decide what happens in that territory. Capitalism steals their land again!
+65 # Richard Raznikov 2012-03-07 11:08
Dear President Obama:

This is what courage looks like. You should try it sometime.
+50 # mjc 2012-03-07 11:22
Great courage and thank God they were supported by the local Troopers And speaking for the corporate interests which seem to have taken hold of every form of government, the pipeline trucks were refusing to turn around claiming they have "CORPORATE RIGHTS' which supersede any other law. Guess the citizens of this nation, including the native Americans, should just throw out the Constitution and any state laws.
+35 # lpod 2012-03-07 11:32
Hurray for the Lakota's! Way to go! Lead the way
+13 # jwb110 2012-03-07 11:48
ANybody who saw the picture "China Town" didn't see a tenth of the sabotage and problems of the pipeline that brought water from the north to southern CA. The should take a look and a lesson from that page of history. This protest of this XL pipeline will turn to the same sort of events as the Owens RIver project.
+36 # grouchy 2012-03-07 12:05
Bravo to the Lakota! Now do it again. And again. And again. And tie up these corporate greedheads in court forever!
+18 # head out the window 2012-03-07 12:05
look it up in nafta, foreign corporations have the right to supercede local laws. Why do you think the zapatistas revolted?
+31 # bluepilgrim 2012-03-07 14:51
Did the Lakotas, as a sovereign nation, sign NAFTA?
+66 # animas 2012-03-07 12:06
Only after the last tree has been cut down
Only after the last fish has been caught
Only after the last river has been poisoned
Onlyafter the air has been polluted
Only then will you find money cannot be eaten
—Cree Prophecy
+38 # mas 2012-03-07 12:31
Corporate Rights! This is where our "free trade" agreements have lead us -- to the corporations having rights over every law and real person. Stand tall, Lakota People. We stand with you in spirit.
+28 # ken addington 2012-03-07 13:57
all native american, hold fast against XL pipeline and tarsands.
lead with your tribal resolutions. do not back down. the world is watching and this time, you have a voice. use it. stay strong. there are hundred of thousands of people with you, if not millions. show us how to stand against these white hogs. yes, i have first nation blood. thank you for your tribal leadership.
+26 # tedrey 2012-03-07 14:00
Brothers of the Lakota. "Mokokit-ki-ack amimat!" Get tough and don't give up!
+22 # Tippitc 2012-03-07 15:32
If this monstrosity hasn't been approved yet, why is TransCanada seizing land and hauling in supplies? Is approval for this evil just a show for the public?! Kind of looks that way to me.
+22 # Bev 2012-03-07 16:48
Support and words will not be enough! They must "Occupy" their own land and all who can, must join them to prevent what may become a "Lacota Last Stand".
+39 # MainStreetMentor 2012-03-07 16:56
If there are a People on this earth who absolutely know what it is have everything their heritage embraced and stood for, destroyed - it is the people of the Sioux Nation - the Lakota Sioux especially. Still ... today ... they are trying to prevent the potential for even more environmental rape. They continue to be a brave people.

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